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Title: The Shadow of the Familiar Sailships and the Metaphor of Healing the Country: Wokou and Europeans in Hua Yue Hen
Authors: 曾世豪
Tseng, Shih-Hao
Contributors: 中文系
Keywords: Hua Yue Hen;Wokou;Europe;Opium War;Taiping Heavenly Kingdom
Date: 2017-11
Issue Date: 2018-08-15 17:00:02 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Hua Yue Hen, which completed in middle Qing dynasty is generally regarded as a novel about prostitution. However, this work also reflected the author Wei Xiu-ren's situation. Not only his personal political frustration, but also included the Opium War, the Franco-British expedition to China, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, the Dungan Revolt, and the Nian Rebellion, etc. Interestingly, when the novel referring to the relevant events, usually looked upon European settlers as the invasion of Wokou. For Chinese, Japanese and Europeans were the same enemies, because both of them came from the ocean. In addition, collusion between pirates and traitors, as well as the ravages of the Yamato on the south and the Tatars on the north in Ming dynasty, reasonably be transformed into conspiracy of rebel leaders and foreign invaders in Hua Yue Hen. Besides, the protagonist Wei Chi-zhu was so poor and sick, suggesting that Qing government unable to resist the successive wars. However, the author also let Han He-sheng perfectly defeat the enemies, to express the expectation that China must can rise from the ashes, and get the submission of barbarians. Through two political roads, we can see Wei Xiu-ren's anxiety and aspiration.
Relation: 東吳中文學報, No.34, pp.205-226
Data Type: article
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